Map #3

Happy Sunday! It was about time I actually looked up Photoshop tutorials for how to create a fantasy map and I have to say, that was the best decision I had ever made. I found a wonderful and simple tutorial by Jessica Khoury and after digging around DeviantArt, I found these absolutely marvelous brushes made by StarRaven that were exactly what I was looking for create the rolling mountains and abundant trees of Coran.

Without further ado, here is the new updated map!

Updated Map

What do you think? I’ll probably tweak it over time, but I am very happy with it πŸ˜€ If you’re curious to see the other early versions of this map, just head to The Chronicles of Coran post and the Map post to check them out! Also, a post about the land and bodies of water is coming soon!
For those who are back in school, how is it going so far? I start classes tomorrow. Looking forward to it, but I also don’t want my break to end 😦 Been writing a lot, which is really surprising, to say the least. Nearly finished with this revision, but I’ll sweep through it, clean it up a bit, and send it off to my CP and maybe a few beta’s, but we’ll see. How are your WIP’s coming along?

9 thoughts on “Map #3

    1. Thanks, Ellie! I love drawing maps, too:) I made this using Photoshop. I made an early version using Illustrator and let that one be the “guide” for the outline. You’ll have to check out the tutorial to see the specifics. Jessica makes is so simple, and once you know the basics, you are free to create whatever you wish, which is one of the many reasons I love Photoshop. Anything can happen. All you need is your imagination.


  1. Oh, this is beautiful! I love the names of your seas. Well–all your names, really, but the seas were the ones that jumped out at me in the map today.

    Enjoy school! I’m taking a year between high school and college to work and believe me, I wish sometimes wish I were back in class. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, thanks, Lucy!! There’s a bit of background to why the seas have that particular name. I’m glad you like them!

      Thank you, I will certainly try! I’ve thought about doing that, but I honestly love school so much that I’m afraid if I stop going for too long, I’ll forget everything. I don’t have the best memory:P I hope all goes well for you!


  2. Hello Hope! seems like writing has been productive for you- that’s great! Your map looks amazing, like it came from a fantasy book! I’ll have to check out that tutorial sometime (right now I am writing contemporary fiction, but one day I may try writing fantasy!)

    My novel is about 90-95% done! I am a bit terrified about sending it out to beta-readers haha πŸ™‚ happy writing!

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! That is so sweet of you to say πŸ˜€ You should totally try fantasy! It’s so much fun! But it requires a lot of work, which most days I enjoy:)

      Oooo, congrats Sophie!!! What’s your story about? And don’t worry, I’ve been in your shoes. I was so terrified when I finally sent my MS out to strangers, I could hardly think straight throughout the time and I was so nervous. But I promise it gets better. And if you find beta’s who are 100% honest with you, their feedback can be so helpful! I wish you all the luck in the world!

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      1. Haha yes one day I will try writing fantasy, but I should read more fantasy first πŸ™‚

        My story is a contemporary fiction about a neuroscientist who aspires to be an artist and a single father who works in the museum πŸ™‚ I’ve shown previous drafts of my manuscript to one person (my fiancΓ© haha) and he’s provided some great feedback, but it is a terrifying step to send it to other peeps haha πŸ™‚ glad to know that it will get better! What is your story about?

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      2. Sounds interesting! So, glad he was able to give you feedback that helped. It’s rare to find someone close who will read and give their honesty opinion about your story.

        Mine? Well . . . It’s so hard coming up with a summary because there are so many story lines going on. Basically there is this girl who is born as the 4th child to these rulers on Coran. A demigod looks into her future and sees that she is to bring about his downfall, so naturally he wants her dead. The demigod sends his most trusted follower to do the deed, but the follower can’t bring himself to kill her. Instead, he teleports to a different world (Earth) leaves her there, and returns home and tells the demigod he accomplished the deed.
        Years later, the follower returns to Earth and to the girl (Alaine) and gives her a magical orb, that used to belong to the demigod, but the follower stole it (long story). Anyway, Alaine obtains the power and the rest of the story is about her learning to use it, going to that world, discovering who she really is and where she came from, and trying to find a way to get rid of the orb along the way. The story is told in three different POV’s: the girl’s, the follower’s, and a prince who plays a part of the story.


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